A week into preseason, how could the Green Bay Packers’ depth chart at wide receiver look in 2019?
Back in May, I predicted the Packers’ depth chart at wide receiver. A lot has changed since then, so this is the perfect time to revisit this.
Three or four positions look to be locked in at wide receiver, but the competition is still tough to call at the fifth and sixth spots. The final three preseason games (and luck with injuries) could determine which receivers make the roster.
Ahead of the second preseason game, here are my predictions for the wide receiver depth chart.
Starting boundary receivers
This isn’t a surprise. Adams needs no introduction. He’s one of the best wide receivers in the NFL and Aaron Rodgers‘ top target.
But in Matt LaFleur’s offense, Valdes-Scantling looks to have secured a starting position on the outside. Rodgers had high praise for MVS this week, and this connection is going to be tough for defenses to stop. Especially when they already have to worry about Adams on the other side.
Starting slot receiver
Allison’s role looks to be primarily in the slot, which will make him another option for Rodgers. Allison was dominant at the start of last season before getting hurt, and his return is great news for the Packers offense.
With Randall Cobb gone, Allison moving to the slot makes a lot of sense.
No. 4: Equanimeous St. Brown
The starting three on the depth chart looks set, but it’s from this point there is some uncertainty. St. Brown still feels like the most likely to be the fourth receiver. St. Brown had 328 receiving yards in his rookie season and gives the Packers good depth at WR.
No. 5: Jake Kumerow
Once again, Kumerow continues to make play after play throughout camp and the preseason. Kumerow played well while he was on the field against the Texans last week, catching two passes for 27 yards. Only an injury can prevent him from making the roster as the fourth or fifth receiver.
No. 6: Trevor Davis
This is a tough one to predict. You could just as easily go with Darrius Shepherd in this spot, or even Allen Lazard or J’Mon Moore. But for now, I think Davis has the slight edge. Prior to getting injured, he looked set to be the returner on special teams while also featuring in LaFleur’s offense.
Davis will be hoping to get fully healthy quickly, as Shepherd has been impressive.
I’m picking Davis to make the roster, but this competition is far from over.